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Level 3 Award in Safe Use of Fumigants for the Management of Invertebrate Pests (Units 1-8)

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Fumigation is a specialist subject and differs from conventional chemical methods of pest control.  This qualification enables you to use fumigants to control invertebrate pests in a number of disciplines including containers, silos, warehouse and ships.

 

To fumigate, you must hold either:

  • RSPH Level 3 Safe Use of Fumigants for the Management of Invertebrate Pests Unit 1 and the BPCA Fumigation Diploma and relevant BPCA module certificate for the areas you intend to fumigate
  • RSPH Level 3 Award in Safe Use of Fumigants for the Management of Invertebrate Pests unit 1 and each of the optional units (2 – 8) for the areas you intend to fumigate

To obtain the full RSPH qualification, you must first take the RSPH Level 3 Award in Safe Use of Fumigants for the Management of Invertebrate Pests Unit 1 and then opt for each optional unit relevant to your areas of fumigation.

Anyone who currently holds ONLY BPCA Fumigation certification, will NOT be legally allowed to carry out fumigations beyond June 2018.

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Overview

You will learn about the main pest species, how to identify infestations and different methods of control.

Units available to study as part of the Level 3 Award in Safe Use of Fumigants for the Management of Invertebrate Pests programme:

Unit 1: Use of fumigation in invertebrate pest management - mandatory unit
Unit 2: Carry out procedures for the safe fumigation of freight containers and static containers used as fumigation chambers - 10 fumigations
Unit 3: Carry out procedures for the safe fumigation of commodities under sheet and bulk grain in grain stores - 10 fumigations
Unit 4: Carry out procedures for the safe fumigation of silos - 10 fumigations
Unit 5: Carry out procedures for the safe fumigation of ships' holds - 10 fumigations
Unit 6: Carry out procedures for safe fumigation of buildings, warehouses, food processing plants and mills - 5 fumigations
Unit 7: Carry out procedures for the safe fumigation of purpose built fumigation chambers - 5 fumigations
Unit 8: Carry out procedures for the safe fumigation of specialist ‘fumigation bubbles' - 5 fumigations

Unit 1:

Level: Advanced 
Prerequisites: 16+. 
Delivery: Classroom and exam, exam only
Classroom Duration: 4 days
Assessment: Exam
CPD Points: 30

Unit 2-8:

Level: Advanced 
Prerequisites: 
Passed unit 1 and supervised fumigations
Delivery: 
On-site assessment
Assessment: On-site assessment

Refresher and exam:

Level: Advanced 
Prerequisites: BPCA Fumigation Diploma and a Module Certificate/Certificate of Proficiency 
Delivery: Classroom and exam
Classroom Duration: days
Assessment: Exam
CPD Points: 20

After completing the Level 3 Award in Safe Use of Fumigants for the Management of Invertebrate Pests programme, you may wish to study:

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Technical Programmes

Technical Programmes

• Insect Identification

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Plus+ Programmes

Plus+ Programmes

• Manager Essentials 
• Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work

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Delivery

There are numerous ways for complete the compulsory Unit 1 module. 

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Unit 1 Classroom and Exam Programme (4 days)

Unit 1 Classroom and Exam Programme (4 days)

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• Studied over 4-days with the exam on day 4 (homework may be given during the course)
• Unit 1 pre-course reading will be provided approx. 2 weeks before the course
• A manual will be provided on day 1 of the course

This course provides the necessary underpinning knowledge. It is suitable for trainee fumigation technicians, sales people, administrators and anybody who needs a basic understanding of the subject.

Over the Programme, you will study fumigants, legislation, formulations, human toxicity, toxicity to insects, principal areas of use, insect biology and so much more.

The following subjects will be covered:

• Legislation
• Fumigants and formulations
• Storage and transport of fumigants
• PPE and RPE
• Insect biology
• Monitoring of fumigants
• Alternative treatments
• Pathways to the optional units

NOTE: Holding unit 1 only, will not enable you to fumigate unsupervised.

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Unit 2-8 On-site Assessment Programme

Unit 2-8 On-site Assessment Programme

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• Optional units – prepare logbook and carry out required supervised fumigations for your portfolio
• You must have passed Unit 1 and completed the minimum required supervised fumigations for your discipline
• Please contact us to arrange for an assessment

Once you have passed mandatory Unit 1, and you have adequate practical experience as judged by your supervisor/manager, you can be assessed for the relevant optional units. For each optional unit, the assessment will take place at your location (or at the BPCA offices in Derby) and will consist of two parts: a review of your portfolio and a professional discussion with an assessor.

You will be expected to demonstrate your understanding of the skills required for that unit, together with an overall understanding of detection and protection practices necessary for the safe use of fumigant gases.

You can be examined in a number of units at a time. Practical experience in each is essential. The minimum number of supervised fumigations you must have carried out before assessment, for each unit, is detailed below. Experience should be as varied as possible.

You must provide your personal fumigation logbook, gas detection and respiratory protective equipment and company clearance certificate.

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Unit 1 Exam Only Programme

Unit 1 Exam Only Programme

Exam-only-delivery

You carry out self-study or study through your employer, then take the RSPH Level 3 Award in Safe Use of Fumigants for the Management of Invertebrate Pests exam. 

The exam is 3 hours long and is available to take is a classroom or supervised online (contact us to arrange an online supervised exam). 

To take the Unit 1 online exam you will require:

• Mac 10.8+ or Windows 7+ operating system (please note that tablets are not compatible with the application)
• 4GB of RAM
• Any Dual Core processor
• A working webcam, microphone and speakers
• Continuous Internet speed of a minimum of 512kbps
• Headphones are optional

The room you use for the exam will need to be quiet as this will be carried out under exam conditions.

NOTE: Holding unit 1 only, will not enable you to fumigate unsupervised.

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Unit 1 Refresher and Exam Programme:

Unit 1 Refresher and Exam Programme:

Exam-only-delivery

• Studied over 2 days with the exam on day 2

To attend this programme, you must hold the BPCA Fumigation Diploma. If you do not hold this certificate, see the other Unit 1 delivery options.

This is a short refresher course for anyone who already holds the BPCA Fumigation Diploma and would benefit from a refresher. The refresher course assumes the learner has good fumigation experience and knowledge. This refresher day will ONLY cover the main changes to invertebrate fumigation in the past few years eg legislation and labelling. Includes the assessment and manual.

NOTE: Holding unit 1 only, will not enable you to fumigate unsupervised.

The following subjects will be covered:

• Legislation
• Hazards, Risks and Risk Assessment
• Phosphine - properties and labels
• Sulfuryl fluoride - properties and labels
• Gas detection and monitoring
• Controlled atmosphere treatments
• Insects

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Assessments

To obtain the full RSPH qualification you must first take the Level 3 Award in Safe Use of Fumigants for the Management of Invertebrate Pests Unit 1 and then opt for each optional unit relevant to your areas of fumigation.

Unit 1

3 hour written paper consisting of 36 questions.

Units 2–8  

You will create a portfolio of the minimum required supervised fumigations. Once you have completed your portfolio you can contact BPCA to arrange your assessment. For this assessment you will be interviewed by an assessor. The assessor will verify that the information in your portfolio and your knowledge covers all of the syllabus learning outcomes

To fumigate, you must hold either:

• RSPH Level 3 Safe Use of Fumigants for the Management of Invertebrate Pests Unit 1 and the BPCA Fumigation Diploma and relevant BPCA module certificate for the areas you intend to fumigate or

• RSPH Level 3 Award in Safe Use of Fumigants for the Management of Invertebrate Pests unit 1 and at least one of the optional units (2–8) for the areas you intend to fumigate

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Fees

Unit 1 Classroom and Exam Programme

  Including VAT Excluding VAT
Members £936 £780
Non-members £1100 £925

The course includes tuition, course handouts, lunch and refreshments on day 1, the written assessment only on day 2. Accommodation is not included.

Unit 1 Exam-Only Programme

Taken at one of our exam days or a supervised exam online.

  Including VAT Excluding VAT
Members £366 £305
Non-members £486 £405


Unit 2-8 On-site Assessment Programme:

  Including VAT Excluding VAT
Members £366 £305
Non-members £486 £405

You may be required to pay for assessor's travel and accommodation expenses. Contact us for details. 

Unit 1 Refresher and Exam Programme:

The course includes tuition, lunch and refreshments on day 1, course handouts and written assessment only on day 2. Accommodation is not included.

  Including VAT Excluding VAT
Members £486 £405
Non-members £486 £405


Cancellation Terms:

Course cancellations will only be accepted on receipt of written instruction and are effective from the date received by the BPCA.

• More than 15 working days prior to Course or exam: No charge
• 15 working days or less: 100% of fee

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    Dates

Dates

    For more information contact BPCA:

    training@bpca.org.uk or 01332 225 113